"Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s decision to put himself on the farm bill conference committee was insurance that one of his policy priorities — and a key issue for his 2020 re-election campaign — would make it to President Donald Trump’s desk this year."
McConnell: "At a time when farm income is down and growers are struggling, industrial hemp is a bright spot of agriculture’s future. My provision in the farm bill will not only legalize domestic hemp, but it will also allow state departments of agriculture to be responsible for its oversight."
"When at home in Kentucky, McConnell has regularly visited hemp farmers and processing facilities, often stressing to critics that industrial hemp comes from a different plant from marijuana. His leadership role in securing legal status for the potentially lucrative cash crop is sure to come up over and over again."
McConnell, on WKYT over the weekend: “My being in the majority leader position is a real advantage to Kentucky. It gives us a chance to kind of punch above our weight. This opportunity for Kentucky produces things like the legalization of industrial hemp."
"McConnell will no doubt use the hemp policy and any financial benefits that come to Kentucky farmers over the next two years as a recurring campaign theme in appearances and TV ads, as part of his emphasis on Kentucky-based issues." (Roll Call)